A woman from Moscow attended the play tonight and was enthusiastic about it. She actually came to the play in part because it involved Russia!
It's always a relief, after writing a foreign character, to have a person from that country embrace your portrayal. This is especially true when you've exploited the humorous side of the cultural clash between the foreign character and the American characters on stage.
One strength of having a foreign character is that she brings an outsider's perspective to a play, and is able to point things out that Americans would avoid pointing out, due to cultural taboos.
It's fun to watch foreign attitudes
cut through conventional platitudes.